Spinners

** This is just a short biographical summary – for the full story, check out this artist’s reviews! **

The Spinners – known in the UK as the Detroit Spinners, or the Motown Spinners – were a remarkable vocal group, one of the most accomplished of Motown’s “second tier” of great acts just below the level of outright superstardom. Driven initially by the wonderful lead vocals of Bobby (or Bobbie) Smith, one of the most underrated of all Motown lead singers, the Spinners arrived at Motown as part of the buy-out of Harvey Fuqua’s Harvey/Tri-Phi empire.

Despite their obvious quality, they struggled for both hits and attention in a crowded Motown marketplace, and eventually the group ended up leaving Motown in 1972 to move to Atlantic (supposedly at the urging of Aretha Franklin herself); with Philippé Wynne now installed on lead vocals, and a supportive label behind them, they immediately started having the chart hits they’d always deserved. A version of the group is still touring today.

Review Archive: The SPINNERS (4 items)

We have 4 reviews for the Spinners currently available here on Motown Junkies – click the link above to see our archive for more details.


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